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Shortbus

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Shortbus

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
102 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/04/06
performer:
Paul Dawson, PJ DeBoy, Sook-Yin Lee
director:
John Cameron Mitchell
distributor:
THINKFilm
author:
John Cameron Mitchell
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B+

Shortbus is already infamous for its real on-screen sex scenes, but the Shortbus soundtrack that accompanies it gracefully avoids adult-film clichés. In place of the standard ”bow-chicka-bow-wow” porn horns, indie avatars like Yo La Tengo, Animal Collective, and the Ark provide new, previously released, and rare tracks — the Hidden Cameras’ undersung 2003 epic ”Boys of Melody” is a standout — while several cast members perform original numbers. The result is, believe it or not, lovely brunch music: balmy, melodic, and soothing.